Barbourville Tourism hosted a reception Tuesday to allow the public to get an up-close-and-personal look the Battle of Barbourville and Daniel Boone Festival exhibits. Members of the Daniel Boone Festival Committee and Ron Bowling, representing the Battle of Barbourville, were on hand to speak with the visitors and explain the various displays.
The Battle of Barbourville will be Sept. 21-22. Reveille begins at 8 a.m. both days, and the camp opens to the public at 10 a.m. There will be a period church service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Both battles will begin at 2 p.m. with a Troops Pass & Review at 3 p.m. A Military Ball will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the public is invited, with a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
The Daniel Boone Festival will run Oct. 5-11, opening this year with a first-ever Cumberland River Challenge, a canoe and kayak race ending at Thompson Park. Throughout the week events will include art, photography and quilt competitions, live music and entertainment, a traditional wagon train, a primitive Pioneer Village and camp, crafts, Farmers’ Market, Best Beard and Best Dressed contests, carnival rides, antique car show, parade, and helping to close out this year’s events, a Long Rifle Shootout Saturday morning. Saturday’s parade lineup beings at 11 a.m., and the parade begins at 2 p.m.